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First Impressions: L.A. Noire

I can’t believe it’s already been over 4 years since L.A. Noire first came out. I remembered hearing a great deal about it at the time, and really wanted to play it, but unfortunately back then I didn’t have a PS3 of my own. I’d almost completely forgotten about it until we were in Game Stop the other day and it was on sale for $5. So I finally decided to pick it up and try it.

I haven’t even gotten close to finishing it, I don’t think, but I really love it already. The story is based in post-WW2 Los Angeles, and the main character is a former decorated Marine and new cop. You start playing as a patrol officer, and immediately head off to a murder scene, which by going above and beyond to solve, you quickly begin to move up the ranks of the force to detective. From there you start investigating cases one at a time, including some homicides reminiscent of the Black Dahlia, and…that’s as far as I’ve gotten. And sorry, but I’m loving the story-line so much I don’t want to spoil it for myself.

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First Impressions – Fallout 4

So as I mentioned yesterday, we got an X-Box One. And not just any X-Box One (is there such a thing? They seem to all come with a game…), but the Fallout 4 X-Box One.

Now Fallout 4 was not a game that was really even on our radar. We’d played only a tiny bit of Fallout 3, only a smattering of Skyrim, and as we mentioned, had to eventually give up on Elder Scrolls Online. So we’ve had a rocky recent relationship with Bethesda. But then my news feeds starting filling up with stuff like this…

And I began to wonder what we were missing… so when the Fallout 4 X-Box One was $100 cheaper than the Halo 5 X-Box One, it seemed like an easy choice… And once I had it, it was time for a try, right?

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iZombie, Verdict

David and I caught the first episode of the new show iZombie and people need to watch it. We both loved the first episode and it is definitely something we will continue watching. It definitely has it’s campy moments, but I think that adds to the charm. Part of what is great about the show is that it is a bit of Veronica Mars and a bit of Pushing Daisies (according to David). It has the wit of a young girl trying to deal with being a zombie, but not being bloodthirsty all the time. At the same time she discovers that she can get visions from the people that she eats and since she is working in a morgue her visions tend to be of how they died. This creates an interesting dynamic where she actually gets to help the police. The whole being a zombie just adds a level of quirkiness that makes the show fun and different then other sorts of crime dramas or procedurals. (Mild spoilers for iZombie after the jump) Continue reading

First Impression: Constantine

Full discolosure, the only experience I have with Constantine is the movie with Keanu Reeves, which personally I enjoy. It was a fun romp through a story of demons, angels, and other vaguely religious aspects. Last Friday the tv show Constantine premiered and David and I were both excited about it. Now when the show was announced of course we got articles detailing how it would follow the comics or not. Since I have not read the comics I do not have that to base on I just have what I know from these articles and from the movie. So far what I have seen I am enjoying it and I like where it might head.

The first episode does a good job of introducing us to a lot of different paths for the show to follow, which is good. Some of the problems with shows can be if they do not give you enough meat to sink your teeth into it can easily lose your interest. Constantine gives us plenty to sink our teeth into. The big thing is that there seems to be some big bad brewing in the underground, which the other side wants help with as well. The other piece is that we discover a mistake that Constantine made that cost a little girl her soul, which definitely feels like something that is going to keep coming up because I can’t imagine he is going to stop looking for a way to help her. The other piece is that they gave us a good introduction to the various supernatural elements that we will see throughout the show. (Spoilers for Constantine after the jump.) Continue reading

First Impression: Peter Capaldi as the New Doctor

So unless you were hiding under a rock, or do not pay attention to media the way that I do, you could not have missed the fact that we got introduced to Peter Capaldi as the new Doctor. Now whenever a new Doctor gets introduced there is always a question of who are they going to be. They are still the Doctor and have all the memories of the Doctor, but there are some personality quirks that have changed. The first episode of a new Doctor always holds some trepidation because we don’t know what is going to happen and how things are going to work out.

Now first off this was not the best first episode for a new Doctor, but at the same time I did like the story they seemed to tell about the Doctor. The thing I think is important to remember is that this new Doctor was not supposed to exist. He was on his last regeneration and it took an act by the Time Lords to let him continue on and have another regeneration. I cannot even imagine what that would do to you, but I think could be part of the reason that a Doctor that looks older is a good decision. (Spoilers for the latest episode of Doctor Who after the jump) Continue reading